I'm very late to the "Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright vs. the rest of Christendom" controversy. I've purchased a few of his books and have been reading up on his theology. While I'm not sure I can agree with some of his positions, he's certainly a powerful teacher! One teaching in particular caught my eye, the one about his view of what happens to those who, upon death, are not clearly members of the Messiah's family.
Firstly, he rejects the traditional Christian belief that those apart from God face an eternity of suffering inflicted upon them.
Secondly, he seems to reject annihilationism, which is the belief that those apart from God simply cease to exist.
Thirdly, he rejects universalism (everyone eventually gets saved), seeing no way to support it in the Word.
What we find, in the end, is that N.T. Wright hates talking about the subject altogether (which he readily admits), and that he doesn't really know what to confidently believe regarding it. He only knows for sure what he DOESN'T believe in his deeply educated opinion. The closest thing he has to a belief on the subject is that (and I'm interpreting here) the unbeliever enters into a sort of "sub-human" state that is "beyond pity," apparently in some sort of eternal limbo. But I don't know if I'm reading him correctly on that.
He even seems reticent to say that this is the fate of most people. He outspokenly hates the idea of people saying with certainty that someone who has died hasn't gone forward to God. He seems open to the idea that, perhaps, there is a Second Chance. C.S. Lewis, another brilliant Anglican theologian, does in fact believe this Second Chance exists. Maybe it's an Anglican thing? One thing's for sure: I want to believe it. Heck, I want to believe that everyone will be saved! But... oh well. You'd have to give me a VERY convincing Biblical argument for it. #ntwright #afterlife #heaven #hell #bible #god #judgement